Do you wake your baby up to keep in with a routine in the mornings?

Chantal - posted on 01/04/2012 ( 17 moms have responded )

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Just curious to know if you wake your baby up in the mornings to start the day/keep in with a routine or do you let baby wake up him/herself?

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Bernadette - posted on 01/06/2012

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I love it when my kids sleep in! I only ever wake them up when we need to be somewhere, like before my son was born, I would have to wake my daughter on the two days a week that I had to go to work. She was always a pretty late riser, about 8.30 am. My son (who is now 9 months old) has been fairly similar in his sleep patterns, although they have both been awaking about about 7 am for the last 5 or 6 months, which is pretty good. Any earlier than that would be too early for me! Since Christmas, with all the late nights we had spent with family, they were waking really late (9.30, 10.00am) although that was only because of the disruption to the usual routine and not a consistant thing. Since we started spending the evenings back at home, after everyone returned to where they live, she has been sleeping in until about 8.30 (sometines later) again - something she hasn't done for a while. My son has gone a bit earlier, maybe 6 am, but then goes back to bed until about 8.30. It would be nice to get back into the routine of them both waking at 7 am although I have been enjoying the sleep-ins myself, since I have just been SOOO tired lately. I think they'll soon go back to it though. I don't wake them up though, I let them wake when they're ready. Grumpy kids are the last thing I want! It's not affecting their bedtimes or anything, so I figure why wake them up when they clearly need to sleep longer? The only times I wake them (other than if we absolutely have to be somewhere in the morning) is at about 11pm - I wake my daughter (who is 2 yrs, 9 months) to put her on the potty so she won't wet the bed (although she doesn't really wake up anyway), and my son immediately after to give him a breast feed, otherwise he will wake up exceptionally early rather than sleep all night.

Leah - posted on 01/06/2012

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I wake my 2 year old up to eat breakfast and get dressed when my older two do, since we homeschool, and I don't want to be having to get his breakfast, and change his diaper once I've got things started with the older two. But, when I had just one baby, yes, I let her sleep in.

Selina - posted on 01/05/2012

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I dnt wake unless have to but i dnt do routine i know sumone wth same age as mine u is set to routine its hard for her to do anythen cmes to a certain time babychild gets whingyneeds food or a sleep so she has to go home its not for me need it flexible spec know with bub num two bein a reflux baby

Jenna - posted on 01/05/2012

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I have never had to wake up babies to keep up with a morning routine. All of my kids have been natural early risers. Kind of annoying most mornings, actually. I wish they would sleep until at least 6:30. That would be like heaven to me!

Holly Janelle - posted on 01/04/2012

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Well I have to take our 10 year old to school so right before it's time to leave I'll wrap her up and bing jer out to the car trying very hard not to fully wake her up. Sometimes she'll go back to sleep if I nurse her when we get home sometimes she won't. Normally throughout the day I'll just let her wake up on her own otherwise if we wake her up and she isn't ready that makes for a very moody baby. Nor everyday is the same and I know all of her signs so if she's tired I'll nurse her and put her down but we aren't on a "schedule" or anything. It's whatever works for you and your situation :) and I do the same thing as Jill if ts time for her to wake up and it's been long enough I'll open the door so it's not completely quiet you can still hear whats going on around the house. So she wakes up on her own but with a little help ;)

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Serree - posted on 01/08/2012

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Nope, I let my 2 yr old twins decide when they get up in the morning unless we have to be someplace early.

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My 16mo son wakes up between 6:30-7:30am 90% of the time. The other 10% is like 5am.



I wish I had to decide whether to wake him up or not. :)

Sharon - posted on 01/04/2012

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@ Jill....that's how I wake the boys in the morning, if I ever need to. I make sure their doors are open and go about my normal activities a little louder than normal hehehe

Jill - posted on 01/04/2012

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i was always told, "never wake a sleeping baby." but once your baby is old enough to be on a regular schedule, then you'll know if you need to wake him/her up in order for him/her to take an afternoon nap so they'll go to sleep on time at night. many times, when i wanted my baby to start waking up, i'd make "normal" noise around the house, like put laundry away, start making beds, getting myself ready for the day, turn on the tv/radio, etc. that way you're not really waking your baby up, but he'll/she'll start waking up on their own b/c the day has begun.

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I wake my 2 year old up if she isn't awake by 8am. If I don't she'll refuse a nap later, and be cranky until bedtime. It doesn't happen often though. Normally she's up by 7am.

Sharon - posted on 01/04/2012

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We have to be out of the house by 6:45am 3 days a week, on these days, yep, if they aren't up then they are woken, but the other days, nope, I let them sleep. They are really young...26mths & 8.5mths....and it's a VERY rare occassion they sleep past 630am, 5-530am is the normal time they both wake up naturally. They are both in bed between 630-7pm each night.

Chrystal - posted on 01/04/2012

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I originally built our routine around my sons natural sleep patterns so I don't really have to wake them up in the morning I wake up 6:45 by 7:30 the littlest is awake and an hour after that my oldest naturally wakes up. On occasion they sleep later but almost every time it's because of being sick and in that case they need extra sleep so I don't wake them and it doesn't mess their schedule up.

Ange - posted on 01/04/2012

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I have a 7 year old step daughter so on the weeks we don't have her and we don't have to get up in the mornings then yes I let my son sleep on and wake himself up but on the weeks that we have SD then I have to wake him up so we can take her to school

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